Kinesiology

(formerly Physical Education)

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

Department of Kinesiology
GYM 111
415-338-1258
Fax: 415-338-7566
Chair: Susan Higgins

Undergraduate Adviser: Allen Abraham

Graduate Coordinator: Frank Verducci

Faculty

Professors--Abraham, Bennett, Birkie, Evans, Higgins, Schleihauf, Schmid, Summerford, Verducci

Associate Professor--Kern

Assistant Professor--Anderson

Programs

B.A. in Kinesiology

B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness

B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Human Movement Studies

B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Physical Education

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

Minor in Athletic Coaching

Certificate in Athletic Coaching

M.A. in Kinesiology

Program Scope

All major programs are carefully designed so that students experience the multidisciplinary foundations of human movement. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, socio-cultural, philosophical, and psychological factors underlying movement. Movement and exercise are studied in the context of skill in activities of daily living and/or sport with application to conditioning, learning, and rehabilitation; and sport is studied as a personal endeavor and social institution. Concentrations or thematic emphases allow students to select patterns of courses tailored to meet individual interests or career goals.

For the general student and the major student, the department also offers a wide array of activity classes providing instruction in motor skills from the beginning to the advanced level, and an array of general education courses examining aspects of physical activity and performance from the psychological, biological, and sociological perspectives.

Bachelor of Arts.The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology is designed for students who wish to study the broad range of sub-disciplines which develop knowledge in kinesiology, sport, and human movement. Students are exposed to the scientific, historical, socio-cultural, and psychological bases of movement, exercise, and sport. Working closely with an adviser, students tailor a thematic emphasis designed to provide greater depth in such areas as gender and movement, sport psychology, socio-cultural dimensions of sport, ethical issues in sport, etc. Upon completion of the program, and with careful planning, students may be prepared for entry-level careers in an area related to the thematic emphasis, or for advanced study.

Students opting for the B.A. in Kinesiology are likely to be interested in the study of movement, exercise, and sport in relation to a personal theme, or an ultimate career goal that extends beyond traditional departmental boundary lines (i.e., sport studies, journalism, wellness, mind-body relationships, etc.).

Bachelor of Science.All of the undergraduate program concentrations in the 124-unit B.S. degree have as their basis a foundation in science, mathematics, psychology, and a sequence of courses designed to progressively and integratively develop the students' knowledge of movement, exercise, and skill. This focus will serve as a basis for application to one of three selected concentrations: Exercise Science and Fitness Human Movement Studies, or Physical Education.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science, students will be prepared for immediate careers in exercise leadership, for advanced study in a number of movement and exercise related fields, or for entry into a teacher credential program. The concentrations in Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies are recommended options for students interested in careers in physical or occupational therapy and related rehabilitative fields.

The Exercise Science and Fitness Concentrationprepares students who wish to become exercise physiologists or fitness specialists in clinical, research, educational, or business settings, or who wish to pursue graduate studies in exercise sciences. Those who desire expertise in personal training (i.e., one-to-one exercise advisers), cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise program direction should also select this concentration.

This program examines the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the human physiology. There is substantial application to physical fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation. Students will study the effects of exercise on factors influencing work performance, training programs, and adaptations including reduction of risk factors for medical conditions. Examples of these conditions would be coronary heart disease, diabetes, cerebral vascular disease, as well as special conditions such as pregnancy, and other hypokinetic illnesses. Finally, the program examines various types of training centers, with regard to their approaches to physical fitness and wellness, including their organizational and managerial practices.

The Human Movement Studies Concentrationprepares students for advanced study in a number of movement related fields. This concentration should be elected by students who wish to pursue graduate study in areas such as physical or occupational therapy, bio-mechanics, motor learning and development, and ergonomics, or by any individual whose primary interest is in the study of human movement.

The programmatic approach is multidisciplinary and invites study in the sciences, psychology, philosophy, and communication. The program examines those factors that influence the form, function, and effectiveness of movement. The framework for study is the understanding of variables which influence development, acquisition, and control of movement and skill, including factors that affect performance, refinement, or relearning of motor skill.

Students become adept in observation and analysis of movement and in use of videography and computer technology to study movement related questions. Throughout their studies, students apply the knowledge and skills they gain to analysis of movement problem(s) which are of personal interest and significance.

The Physical Education Concentrationprepares students for entry to a teacher credentialing program. The course of study satisfies state requirements for the Subject Matter Program in Physical Education and for departmental standards of competence in Physical Education.

Physical Education Teaching.Students who wish to become credentialed as public school teachers in physical education or as adapted physical education specialists should select the Bachelor of Science with Concentration in Physical Education program. However, to be eligible for admission to the credential program at San Francisco State University, students must attain a GPA of 2.75 in the Subject Matter Program curriculum. Students must work closely with an adviser to fulfill the requirements of the Subject Matter Program. They should also contact the College of Education Student Services Office at 338-7038 regarding teaching credential information.

Pre-Physical Therapy.The Bachelor of Science with Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies supports preparation for advanced study in physical or occupational therapy and other therapeutic or rehabilitative fields. With the addition of specific courses required for admission to various graduate programs, the student will graduate with a strong foundation in the movement sciences as well as with the prerequisites necessary for entry to programs of their choice. Admission to graduate programs in physical therapy is extremely competitive. The Kinesiology Department faculty have a strong commitment to providing excellent advising and assistance to students who wish to become therapists.

Advising.Students in all the programs must work closely with an adviser to select the proper degree program, concentration, and configuration of courses to support career and scholarly interest related to the study of human movement. Students seeking an adviser should consult the department advising coordinator in GYM 107.

Many of the courses listed in the major patterns which follow have prerequisites or corequisites. Thus, they must be taken in a particular sequence. (Consult the Announcement of Courses section in this Bulletin.) Further, up to twelve units may overlap between the major and General Education where a specific course is also approved for a segment of General Education. Prior approval by the student's major adviser is required for all individually tailored groups of courses and for course substitutions.

All courses used to satisfy completion of major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. No CR/NC grades may be used on the major petition for graduation.

Master of Arts.The Master of Arts in Kinesiology is designed for students wishing to expand their knowlege and understanding in exercise and movement science. This program of study is applicable to professionals in teaching, coaching, physical or occupational therapy, and other related fitness, sport, physical activity, exercise, and rehabilitative fields.

This program is intended to provide physical and occupational therapists, teachers, coaches, specialists in exercise and fitness, and other movement-related professionals an opportunity to study movement and exercise processes within a multidimensional framework emphasizing both theory and research, and their clinical or practical implications. The program is designed to provide students with basic knowlege as well as critical and evaluative skills necessary to find bridges between theory and practice as they relate to their unique professional interests.

The program is designed to allow students an area of emphasis in either Exercise Scienceor Movement Science. The Exercise Science Emphasis will support further knowledge in physiological applications to exercise and skill. The Movement Science Emphasis will support further knowledge on the development, (re)acquisition, and performance of motor skills. Study of the techniques in the physiological, behavioral, and biomechanical analysis of human movement is common in each emphasis. Course work which supports the study of movement disability, socio-cultural influences on exercise and skill, and psychological bases of optimum performance is also offered.

Career Outlook

Graduates from our programs can gain immediate entry into a number of exercise and movement related jobs or can seek advanced study leading to careers in: teaching, adapted physical education, coaching, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise leadership, fitness program management, cardiac rehabilitation, biomechanical analysis of movement, work-hardening, ergonomics, sports--related endeavors, research in movement and skill development and learning, and research in exercise physiology.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN KINESIOLOGY

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Units

Core

BIOL 100	Human Biology		3
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy		4
KIN 350	Movement and Skill		3
KIN 457	Culture, Gender, and Movement		3
KIN 475	Anatomical and Mechanical Bases 
of Human Movement 3
KIN 476	Physiological Bases of Human 
Movement 3
KIN 486	Motor Learning or
KIN 487	Motor Development		3

KIN 489	History and Philosophy of Sport		3
Total for core		25
Activity Requirement		6
With prior approval of an adviser, select six 
activity classes (KIN/DAN prefix) repre-
senting a variety of movement forms to
complement and enhance the student's
personal movement profile.
Elective Theme		12
Upper division electives to support a particular 
theme, with prior approval of a depart-
mental adviser. At least six units must be
courses with a Kinesiology prefix.
Examples of themes: sport and society,
women and sport, sport and the media,
sport administration, ethical issues in
sport, activity and child development,
activity and aging, activity and wellness,
philosophy of mind-body-action, cross-
cultural perspectives, movement as ritual.
Student and adviser must work together in

developing an appropriate focus.
Total units for degree		43
NOTE:Students who wish to teach in public schools must complete the Subject Matter Program requirements, and are advised to enroll in the B.S. in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Physical Education.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN KINESIOLOGY

The department offers a 124-unit Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Concentrations in Exercise Science and Fitness, Human Movement Studies, and Physical Education. Each concentration's course of study includes: (1) a set of core requirements, some of which may be utilized to fulfill general education requirements, and which establish the framework for the study of movement, exercise, and skill from a variety of perspectives; and (2) a set of concentration-specific courses which serve the purpose of preparing the student for specific careers and/or graduate study within the field or other related disciplines. Students must select one of the three concentrations.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Units

Core Requirements

BIOL 100	Human Biology		3
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy		4
MATH 124	Elementary Statistics		3
PSY 200	General Psychology		3
KIN 325	Computer Applications in Health 
Education, Kinesiology, and
Recreation 3
KIN 350	Movement and Skill		3

KIN 486	Motor Learning		3
Total for core		22

Concentration

Select either Exercise Science and Fitness, 
Human Movement Studies, or Physical

Education (see below)		47-56
Total for degree		69-78

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science and Fitness Concentration

Units

Core requirements(see above)			22

Concentration

BIOL 610/611	Human Physiology and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
CHEM 101/102	Survey of Chemistry and 
Laboratory (3/1) or
CHEM 111	General Chemistry I (5)		4-5
DFM 253	Nutrition in Health and Disease		3
PHYS 101/102	Conceptual Physics and 
Laboratory (3/1) or
PHYS 111/112	General Physics I and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
KIN 420	Field Experience in Fitness/
Wellness 1
KIN 450	Ergogenic Substances in Sport		2
KIN 480	Anatomical Kinesiology		3
KIN 482	Exercise Physiology		3
KIN 485	Biomechanics		3
KIN 488	Assessment		3
KIN 490	Fitness Program Management		2
KIN 555	Exercise Prescription		3
KIN 683	Applied Exercise Physiology		3
KIN 690	Internship in Fitness/Wellness		3
KIN 697	Integrative Research Seminar		2
KIN 698	Senior Research Project		1
Activity Requirement		3
With prior approval of adviser, select three 
activity courses (KIN prefix, 1 unit each)
representing a variety of fitness-related
activities and/or movement forms that
complement and enhance the student's

personal fitness and movement profile.

Total for concentration		47-48
Total for major		69-70

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Concentration in Human Movement Studies

Units

Core requirements(see above)			22

Concentration

BIOL 610/611	Human Physiology and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
CHEM 101/102	Survey of Chemistry and 
Laboratory (3/1) or
CHEM 111	General Chemistry I (5)		4-5
PHYS 101/102	Conceptual Physics and 
Laboratory (3/1) or
PHYS 111/112	General Physics I and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
KIN 457	Culture, Gender, and Movement		3
KIN 480	Anatomical Kinesiology		3
KIN 482	Exercise Physiology		3
KIN 485	Biomechanics		3
KIN 560	Qualitative Analysis of Movement		2
KIN 610	Neuromotor Control Processes		3
KIN 680	Quantitative Analysis of Movement			3
KIN 697	Integrative Research Seminar		2
KIN 698	Senior Research Project		1
Activity Requirement		3
With prior approval of adviser, select three 
activity courses (KIN/DANC prefix, 1
unit each) representing a variety of move-
ment forms to employ and enhance the
student's personal movement profile.
Units selected from the following 		9-11
KIN 536	Movement for Individuals with 
Disability (4)
KIN 487	Motor Development
PHIL 620	Philosophy of Mind
PSY 581	Physiological Psychology
PSY 463	Human Factors

SPCH 512	Nonverbal Communication (4)

Total for concentration		47-50
Total for major		69-72

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Concentration in Physical Education

Units

Core requirements(see above)			22

Foundation

KIN 300	Health-Related Fitness and 
Wellness 3
KIN 340	Orientation to Teaching in Physical 
Education 3
KIN 401	Elementary School Physical Educa-
tion, K-5 3
KIN 402	Practicum in Physical Education, 
N-5 1
KIN 457	Culture, Gender, and Movement		3
KIN 475	Anatomical and Mechanical Bases 
of Human Movement 3
KIN 476	Physiological Basis of Movement		3
KIN 487	Motor Development		3
KIN 488	Assessment		3
KIN 489	History and Philosophy of Sport		3
KIN 536	Movement for Individuals with 
Disability 4
KIN 580	Instructional Strategies for Middle 
and High School Physical Education,
Grades 6-12 3
KIN 581	Practicum in Middle and High 
	School Physical Education		1
Movement Experiences		8
With prior approval of adviser following consul-
tation, select eight basic activity courses
(1 unit each) to satisfy the distribution
shown below. Selections should broaden
the student's personal movement and
skill vocabulary.
Aquatics
Dance (2 experiences, one of which must be 
folk dance)
Martial Arts
Individual Sports/Activities
Team Sports
Fitness

Instructional Analysis

KIN 305	Instructional Analysis: Track, Field, 
Gymnastics, Floor Activities 2
KIN 306	Instructional Analysis: Racquet 
Sports 2
KIN 307	Instructional Analysis: Basketball 
and Volleyball 2
KIN 308	Instructional Analysis: Fitness 
Activities 2
KIN 309	Instructional Analysis: Soccer and 
Softball 2

KIN 320	Principles of Officiating		2

Total for concentration		56
Total for major		78

Additional Required Experiences

These experiences are required for satisfactory completion of the Physical Education Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students may complete these experiences in courses available at a college or university or off-campus. However, these experiences do not bear credit toward completion of the major.

Portfolio Preparation
Each student in the Subject Matter Preparation Program develops and maintains a professional portfolio. Students' professional growth and development, through completion of courses and required/recommended non-credit bearing experiences, should be subject to the student's own ongoing critical reflection and should be thoughtfully documented. This process should in itself serve as a mechanism for professional growth. The resulting professional portfolio is an evolving document; a means for personal goal-setting and assessment; and a means for formative and summative evaluation.

Expectations for Student Performance

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY CURRICULUM

Students who wish to enter graduate or certificate programs in physical or occupational therapy may elect the Bachelor of Science program with a concentration in either Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies. These programs include a number of courses typically required for admission to physical or occupational therapy programs. By choosing either concentration, the student will have more than one career/graduate study option upon completion of the major.

Physical and occupational therapy programs vary in their admissions requirements. The courses listed below, when added to the major, provide a strong profile for application to many programs. However, students are strongly advised to check the specific requirements of each program to which they plan to apply. Some of the courses listed below may be substituted for parallel courses in the major, upon approval of the student's adviser in the Department of Kinesiology. Others may be taken as free electives or, in some cases, to fulfill General Education requirements. To stay informed and to optimize planning, students must work closely with a departmental adviser, and should become involved in the Physical Therapy Student Association.

Units

BIOL 230	Introductory Biology I		5
BIOL 240	Introductory Biology II		5
BIOL 614	Vertebrate Histology or
BIOL 210	General Microbiology and 
Public Health or
A course in cell biology		3-4
CHEM 111	General Chemistry I		5
CHEM 113/114	General Chemistry II and 
Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130	General Organic Chemistry or
CHEM 333/334	Organic Chemistry I (3/2)		3 or 5
PHYS 111/112	General Physics I and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122	General Physics II and 
Laboratory (3/1) 4
PSY 542	Abnormal Psychology		3
Additional courses which may enhance the student's application to physical or occupational therapy programs include:

PT 300	Introduction to Physical Therapy		3
KIN 640	Internship in Pre-Physical Therapy		3
BIOL 640/641	Neuroscience I and Labora-
tory (3/1) 4
BIOL 642	Neuroscience II		3
PHIL 383	Ethics in Medicine		3
PSY 431	Developmental Psychology		3
PSY 330	Child Development		3
SOC 476	Medical Sociology		4
Related courses in the following areas are recommended: adapted physical education, recreation therapy, health education, exercise science and fitness, human movement studies, multicultural aspects of society, research.

MINOR/CERTIFICATE IN ATHLETIC COACHING

Units

Core

KIN 295	First Aid and CPR		1
KIN 321	Introduction to Sports Injury Care (2) 
or
KIN 584	Care and Prevention of Athletic 
Injuries 2-3
KIN 355	Science, Sport, and Fitness or
KIN 475	Anatomical and Mechanical Bases 
of Movement or
KIN 480	Anatomical Kinesiology and
KIN 476	Physiological Basis of Move-
ment or
KIN 482	Exercise Physiology		3-6
KIN 486	Motor Learning		3

KIN 504	Psychology of Sport		3
Total for core		12-16
Select two courses from the following:		4
(Previous competitive experience in the
sport or consent of instructor is required.)
KIN 305	Instructional Analysis: Track, Field, 
and Gymnastics Floor Activities
KIN 310	Coaching Softball
KIN 311	Coaching Baseball
KIN 312	Coaching Basketball
KIN 313	Coaching Volleyball
KIN 314	Coaching Soccer
KIN 315	Coaching Track and Field
KIN 316	Coaching Swimming
KIN 317	Coaching Football
KIN 620/621	Advanced Practicum in 
Physical Education Activities
One elective from the following:		3
KIN 331	Peak Performance
KIN 350	Movement and Skill
KIN 457	Culture, Gender, and Movement
KIN 480	Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 482	Exercise Physiology2
KIN 485	Biomechanics
KIN 487	Motor Development
KIN 502	Sport and Social Issues
KIN 536	Movement for Individuals with 
Disability (4)
KIN 570	Directed Coaching Experience		1
A one-season coaching experience in youth 
athletics, recreation leagues, interschol-
astic, or intercollegiate athletics in a sport

in which a coaching course is selected.
Total for minor/certificate		20-24

MASTER OF ARTS IN KINESIOLOGY

Admission to Program

The applicant must have an undergraduate major or equivalency in kinesiology or physical education which would include the following courses: human anatomy, human physiology, anatomical kinesiology and biomechanics (can be substituted with a combined kinesiology course), exercise physiology, motor learning or development, computer applications, statistics. For students without an undergraduate major in kinesiology or physical education, a 24-unit equivalency in course work related to exercise and movement science is required and must include the courses listed above. Students cannot enroll in graduate level classes (700-800) prior to completing a minimum of eighteen (18) undergraduate major units.

A statement of purpose must be included in the Application for Admission or sent directly to the Department of Kinesiology.

The student may be conditionally admitted pending:

Students conditionally admitted may not count more than six units of work taken prior to achieving classified status as part of their Graduate Approved Program for the degree.

Upon admission, the department sends a letter to the candidate containing the name of the assigned adviser and classification conditions.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
There are two levels of literacy examinations required by the university.

Level One:The Department of Kinesiology requires each graduate student to take the Graduate Essay Test (GET) the first time it is given after they are admitted. The test should be taken prior to the first semester of enrollment. Students should contact the Testing Center for exact dates and fees. Students who do not receive a Pass must register for and successfully complete ENG 414, Elements of Writing, with a minimum grade of B during the second semester in residence. Students will not be permitted to register for graduate classes in Kinesiology beyond the second semester unless they have passed the GET or successfully completed ENG 414. Level Two:the second level assessment of literacy proficiency occurs by virtue of the written thesis or master's project.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology is 33 units and includes a core, concentration, culminating experience, and electives. Students are to select an emphasis relating to exercise or movement science and, in consultation with their adviser, select electives and a culminating experience that best meets their professional/personal needs. Final approval of the student's program rests with the graduate faculty.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Units

Core Requirements

KIN 710	Research Methods in Kinesiology		3
KIN 715	Research Designs and Analysis		3
KIN 720	Movement, Fitness and Skill		3
KIN 730	Analysis of Human Movement		3
KIN 740	Physiological Analysis		3

Emphasis

Select one of the following areas of emphasis		9

Movement Science

KIN 733	Motor Learning
KIN 736	Neuromotor Control Process
Elective in area of emphasis on advisement 
(3 units)

Exercise Science

KIN 743	Applied Exercise Physiology
KIN 746	Theories of Sports Medicine
Elective in area of emphasis on advisement 
(3 units)

Electives

Electives chosen on advisement		3-6

Culminating Experience

One of the following options must be selected		3-6

Thesis

KIN 897	Independent Research in 
Kinesiology
KIN 898	Master's Thesis

Master's Project

KIN 895	Master's Project in Kinesiology
Minimum total		33
Continuous Enrollment:Students actively working on their master's research project or thesis are expected to maintain continuous enrollment and/or pay a laboratory fee until the project/thesis is completed, unless the remaining work is not deemed substantial by the graduate program director.

Assistantships:Opportunities may be available to work in the Kinesiology Department as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. Qualified students may apply, when available, to work in the activity program, as laboratory assistants, or as supervisors in the Intramural and Recreation Program. Students may also apply for financial aid through the university.



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